In-Services Provided


As part of our ongoing mission to provide education on end of life issues, we are providing a list of some of the frequent topics we cover. We customize each presentation based upon the particular audience and will gladly develop a presentation that is specific to your facility’s needs and learning objectives.

  • Hospice 101 – discussion of what services are provided with hospice, who qualifies, appropriateness and myths and misconceptions.
  • Pain and symptom control – recognizing symptoms and the different types of pain. The use of comfort meds – when to start, dosages, interactions, etc.
  • Hospice and skin care – the prevention and management of skin alterations in an effort to reduce pain and suffering at end of life.
  • Diet and the disease process – the process of the body shutting down, dehydration, decreased appetite and swallowing. Also addresses comfort feeding and measures to keep the patient comfortable when swallowing has become difficult.
  • Having the conversation – will discuss how to begin discussions on end of life options, how to talk to those approaching death and how to provide support to the families and other residents.
  • Hospice care and the CNA – will focus on the role of the CNA with a dying patient. What are some signs and symptoms of imminent death. How to provide comfort and support to the patient.
  • Addressing Grief – will address recognizing grief, the different types of grief and ways to provide support to staff and residents.
  • In addition, palliative wound care, incidents/infection control, signs and symptoms of approaching death, advance directives, coping strategies when loved ones are dying, community resources for hospice patients and families.

For more information or to request an in-service provided by Northern Illinois Hospice, contact Jolene Smith at

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